With Christmas having come and gone and knowing that many of you probably put Forgeworld models on your list, I want to take a moment to
rant discus the problem, or brilliant marketing strategy, the Forgeworld has presented to us. Simply, how do we choose a Legion.
I have not pointed this out in my tacticas, but I’m sure many of you are aware. The problem with choosing a legion is that fact that each legion has its own unique set of rules, wargear, units, and characters. How does this differ from choosing any other 40k army I can hear you say. Frankly, the difference is that you’ll be dealing mostly with Forgeworld, which is a double-edged sword. The most obvious fact is that Forgeworld models and accessories cost more. Before I, or anyone else, begins to start sinking a lot of hard-earned money into a Horus Heresy army, I would really like to know what each legion brings to the table. What interesting wargear or unit comes with a Dark Angel legion, a Night Lords legion, or a Ultramarines legion? The price issue is generally offset by the detail and general quality of the sculpt that Forgeworld offers; however, it makes the decision processor that much more difficult. We have all seen the dynamic and awesome Angron model, but what will Horus, Lion, or Konrad Cuze look like. This is added to the unique unit that each legion gets. As of right now, we are only left to wonder what the other legions will have and look like.
I am happy to say that there are a few ways to go about choosing a legion. These are just things that I have thought up over the months that is helping me to narrow down my options. There are only two methods I’m using to choose my space marine legion: character and appearance.
Since all the legions, as of right now, are pulling from the same army list, play style will probably not differ greatly between legions. Another point to consider is the fact there will probably not be a tournament for Horus Heresy legions nor will a tournament allow them, so “competitive” or “tournament” list building or play style will not be a factor. I have settled on the fluff, themed, or character approach to choosing a legion. Since I will probably only be able to playing the legion in a campaign or in an Apocalypse game, I looking at which army’s back story I like more, and with all the Horus Heresy novels that’s not very hard to do. A good guide line anyone could use. Which space marine army back story speaks to you? What is it about the character of the army that you like? What actual named characters are in the army that you gravitate to?
This is something that we all use to help us choose an army. How does the army look? When you’re going to be painting 100+ models you’ll want a color scheme and appearance that you really like. The lush purple and bright gold of the Emperor’s Children is great and wonderful look as is the sea green of the Sons of Horus. The one hick-up to this guideline is the legions’ unique units and wargear. I can only imagine what cool bits and conversions can be done for these particular units. In the case of Death Guard, how cool would it look to see most of your sergeants carrying scythes?
I hope this may help some of you, but I would like to hear what some of you are using to help you decide on which legion to go with. I’m still debating, but I’m getting close to making a decision.